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Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

2. Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about the mezclas de culturas (mix of cultures) that grew into today's New Mexico on this guided culture and heritage walking tour in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit centuries-old buildings and the revitalized Sawmill Market and taste local drinks. Starting at Hotel Albuquerque, visit places from Albuquerque’s past that have evolved over the years. See the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Gardens, Old Town Plaza, and an 1890s one-room schoolhouse. Complete your journey by raising a glass of local New Mexico craft brew or wine at the Sawmill Market.

Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

3. Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

Join us on an exclusive and charming tour that looks at the prominent architectural styles in Santa Fe. Our guide provides in-depth knowledge of the area’s historic, social, and cultural movements that have been instrumental in influencing the distinctive and special architecture. You’ll discover the beauty that distinguishes the three styles of New Mexican architecture. As you walk down small winding residential backroads of Canyon Road’s Gallery district, you will explore the traditional appeal of the New Mexican Pueblo style, the classic elegance of Spanish Territorial, and the tall narrow pitched roofs of the Northern New Mexico style. You’ll also learn about the history and importance of the acequia (watercourse) that parallels our walkway. It continues to be used to irrigate private residential gardens with the time-old tradition of controlled water flow. The tour also includes a wine tasting at the Gruet Tasting Room.

Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

4. Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

Acquire an insider's look at craft brewing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a guided tour to three breweries. Enjoy guided tastings and behind-the-scenes tours while being led by experts. Learn about the brewing process, the history of beer production in the area, and the coolest places to visit. After getting picked up from your accommodation, drive to three unique beer production venues. At each brewery, you'll take a tour of the production area, learn about their products, and try at least three beer samples with sensory evaluation training provided by the certified staff. As Albuquerque is famously renowned for its craft beer, it may be hard to decide which places to visit. Allow your tour guide to make this decision for you and rest assured you'll visit the best places in town.

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Our pilot, Dean, was the BEST! So much experience and knowledge! If you want a safe, fun, and memorable flight go with Rainbow Ryders! I'm a bigger lady and we all know the basket must balance. Dean did this in a way to spare my humility! He made the group of 6 think it was their idea to all be on one side and the two smaller parties totaling 4 on one side (my side). You're probably asking, how did i get in and out of the basket. Tall step stool both ways! Offered to all not just the large older lady! Thanks for helping me make a check to my bucket list! High recommend!

The van felt like a covid breeding ground, and being loaded in with strangers was really weird after being so cautious for the last year +. That being said, the balloon ride itself was spectacular, and Kris, our pilot, was a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this experience, but would also recommend a double mask!!

Sandy was extremely knowledgeable about the history and background of the various sites we visited. She was very engaging, charming and relatable. I would highly recommend her tour to anyone interested in learning more about Santa Fe and its storied history/past.

Sandy was an exceptional guide! You can tell she is deeply interested in the content and connecting with each person on her tour. Definitely a can’t miss experience!

My son and I had a wonderful morning ride with our talented pilot Chris.